Gartner says low-code, RPA, and AI driving growth in ‘hyperautomation’


Research firm Gartner estimates the market for hyperautomation-enabling technologies will reach $596 billion in 2022, up nearly 24% from the $481.6 billion in 2020. Gartner is expecting significant growth for technology that enables organizations to rapidly identify, vet, and automate as many processes as possible and says it will become a “condition of survival” for enterprises. Hyperautomation-enabling technologies include robotic process automation (RPA), low-code application platforms (LCAP), AI, and virtual assistants.

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Botpress nabs $15M Series A to help developers build conversational apps


Botpress, a Montreal-based early stage startup, wants to make it easier for developers to build conversational-based apps, meaning humans interact with the app by speaking instead of typing, clicking or tapping. Today it announced an $15 million Series A from Decibel and Inovia Capital.

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Kaia Health grabs $75M on surging interest in its virtual therapies for chronic pain and COPD

Kaia health

New York headquartered Kaia Health, which offers AI-assisted digital therapies via a mobile app for chronic pain related to musculoskeletal (MSK) disorders and for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), has raised a $75 million Series C. The round was led by an unnamed leading growth equity fund with support from existing investors, including Optum Ventures, Eurazeo, 3VC, Balderton Capital, Heartcore Capital, Symphony Ventures (golfer Rory McIlroy’s investment vehicle), and A Round Capital.

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[Podcasts] Best Podcasts for Machine Learning

Podcasts are a great way to learn about novel fields and tools, as well as keeping yourself updated with the fields that you care about. I also believe that podcasts, which are mainly centered around interviews, are a great way to learn about the rock stars and superheroes of the AI world. You get a glimpse of how they think, what they are working on, and how they solved a particular problem.

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AI-powered construction project platform OpenSpace nabs $55M


OpenSpace, a platform that helps construction companies track building projects through AI-powered analytics and 360-degree photo documentation, has raised $55 million in a series C round of funding led by Alkeon Capital Management. The raise comes amid a cross-industry digital transformation boom, spurred in large part by the pandemic. Construction has often lagged behind other sectors in terms of efficiency, but technology such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and remote collaboration tools have played a sizable role in getting the $11 trillion industry back on track.

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Opsera raises $15M for its continuous DevOps orchestration platform

Opsera platform

Opsera, a startup that’s building an orchestration platform for DevOps teams, today announced that it has raised a $15 million Series A funding round led by Felicis Ventures. New investor HMG Ventures, as well as existing investors Clear Ventures, Trinity Partners and Firebolt Ventures also participated in this round, which brings the company’s total funding to $19.3 million.

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How to help C-suite leaders and clinicians trust artificial intelligence

Punit Soni

Many health IT decision-makers and clinicians are cynical about the potential for artificial intelligence solutions to improve healthcare, particularly in the wake of high-profile setbacks and continued frustration at care recommendations that seem to come from a black box of technological machinations with little transparency or context. It seems to boil down to a matter of trust: AI developers need to prove the technology’s promise to healthcare end users, many of whom are still (often rightly) skeptical about algorithms’ shortcomings.

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10 teams selected to receive funding for MVP phase of 2021 Nittany AI Challenge

Ten student teams will be funded to compete in the final phase of the 2021 Nittany AI Challenge. Each team will be awarded $1,500 from a prize pool of $50,000 to further develop solutions that address real-world challenges in education, environment, health and humanitarianism and create a minimum viable product (MVP).

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